A 2008 book by Dan Buettner, Blue Zones, examines pockets around the world where people live exceptionally long lives, Buettner tells us that 25% of life expectancy is dictated by genes, and 75% by how we live. Buettner studied long-lived populations in Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, CA; and the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.
Live Longer Through These Lifestyle Lessons
A summary of some of the lessons for longevity:
Stay Active. Inconvenience yourself so that you move around. Find physical activities you enjoy and pursue them. Walk. Plant a garden. Visit with other people.
Cut Calories. Stop eating when you are 80% full. Serve yourself then store the leftover food. Use small plates and glasses. Eat slowly. Focus on the food (not the TV). Sit down to eat. Eat your larger meals earlier in the day.
Plant-Based Foods. Limit the meat intake. Focus on vegetables, beans and nuts. (Buettner covers more of this in his book, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People.)
Red Wine. In moderation.
A Purpose. Identify and pursue a purpose in your life.
Slow Down. Reduce the noise. Arrive early for appointments. Meditate.
Belong. Participate in a spiritual community.
The Importance of Friends and Family
“The most successful centenarians we met in the Blue Zones put their families first. …Their lives were imbued with family, duty, ritual, and a certain emphasis on togetherness. This finding was especially true for Sardinia, where residents possess a zeal for family” Buettner writes. (For more information about author Dan Buettner, visit his author page on Amazon.)
The founder of Families Connect, LLC has learned through genetic testing as part of the National Geographic Genographic Project that he shares DNA with deep ancestors in Sardinia and other Mediterranean areas. Did that inspire Families Connect? Doubtful.
But, the Families Connect app is designed to help people stay closely connected with friends and family in a private environment defined by you.
Can we promise longer life to users of the app? Of course not. We believe keeping in close community with friends and family is a goal sufficient unto itself. But, who knows? If it works for centenarians in Sardinia, maybe it will work for you.
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